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Religion and Religious Communities in the EU Legal System

This article considers the different components of the “acquis communautaire” in the matter of religion. The “acquis communautaire” is the set of values, principles and rights that a state has to accept before becoming a member of the EU. EU legal provisions, European Court of Justice (ECJ) decisions and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rules are part of this “acquis”, together with the constitutional traditions of the member states. The chapter dwells on this last component, arguing that there is a European model of state-religions relations that is reflected in the constitutional traditions of the EU member states. Whether this “acquis communautaire” is able to face the challenges raised by the growing religious diversity in the EU is discussed in the last part of the chapter.

Religion and Religious Communities in the EU Legal System
 

Introduction

This paper aims to answer the following question: With regard to the legal status of religion and religious communities, what can an applying state expect once its application to become a member of the EU has been taken into consideration and negotiations are started? What demands is the EU likely to formulate and what legal changes are going to be required? It is impossible to give an exhaustive answer, as each state has its own legal system and certain EU demands are prompted by the specific characteristics of that system. However, it is possible to provide a partial answer, limited to the conditions which depend on EU law and therefore are to be met by any state entering the EU.

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